Cambridge moves forward with 2014 street improvement project

Plans are moving forward for the 2014 Cambridge street improvement project.

During the Cambridge City Council meeting Aug. 5, the council approved accepting a proposal from SEH to conduct a feasibility study for the project for an estimated maximum fee of $62,500.

City Engineer Todd Blank explained the project consists of reconstructing the streets and underground utilities generally in the area north of City Hall and east of Main Street, the area one block north and south of Highway 95 between the railroad tracks and Garfield Street, and South Garfield Street from Highway 95 to Eighth Avenue Southeast. The project is part of the city’s current Capital Improvement Plan.

The proposed engineering services consist of surveying the project area, performing preliminary design, estimating improvement costs, calculating special assessments, conducting a feasibility study, preparing a feasibility report and conducting public improvement and assessment hearings.

Blank explained services will be performed in accordance with the general agreement for engineering services between the city and SEH. SEH will invoice the city on the basis of actual hours spent at current billing rates, plus the actual cost of reimbursable expenses up to the maximum fee amount. Any additional services requested by the city will be invoiced on the basis of actual hours spent at current billing rates, plus the actual cost of reimbursable expenses. All services will be invoiced monthly.

Blank said SEH anticipates completing the feasibility study and report for review by the council at the Sept. 16 regular council meeting.

A public improvement hearing and assessment hearing could then be held at the regular council meeting Oct. 21, at which point the City Council could order the improvements, if so warranted.

Purchase agreement

The City Council approved a purchase agreement with United Development Group Inc. and approved the first amendment to the restriction agreement with Aldi Inc. and United Development Group for the property located in Spirit River Crossing.

The agreement was approved, pending further review by city staff and the city attorney.

Economic Development Director Stan Gustafson said United Development Group submitted a purchase agreement to purchase 0.9 acres directly east of the Aldi site on the east side of Cambridge.

They are also proposing a first right of refusal agreement for the remaining acreage, which is approximately 2.2 acres.

The purchase price for the 0.9 acres is $289,000, with an earnest money deposit of $10,000 once all approvals and signatures are obtained.

There will not be any commission fee paid to any broker by either the seller or buyer.

The first right of refusal agreement for the remaining 2.2 acres is for one year at a purchase price of $7.37 per square foot.

There will not be any commission fee paid to any broker by either the seller or buyer.

Gustafson explained the developer is looking at constructing a 9,000-square-foot building for one tenant.

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